Meeting of 6/16/16: ‘Scholarships & Leadership’

SRC Minutes LogoMeeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
June 16, 2016

Members Attending (16): Terry Brewer, Debbie Rodriguez, Murray Forth, Bill Dowd, Jim Leyhane, Charlie Foote, Becky Raymond, Roberto Martinez, Ron Annis, Geoff Brewer, Ray Hannan, Jim Butterworth, Dick Drumm, John Sawchuk, Jim McHugh, Andy Leyhane.

Guests (12): Jenny Horn, Kendle Butterworth, Matt McHugh, Maureen McHugh, Michaela Mueller, Steven Mueller, Shelly Meuller, Jolene Bell, Donna Bell, Schuyler Bell, Kelsey Roman, Randy Sensil.


Big Bucks
Recipients of “SRC Rotary Citizenship Awards” presented at the meeting pose with their family members and their “big bucks” $1,000 scholarship checks. From left: mom Shelly Mueller, daughter Michaela Mueller of Maple Hill High School, dad Steven Mueller; mom Donna Bell, daughter Jolene Bell of Rensselaer High School, sister Schuyler Bell; son Matt McHugh of Columbia High School, mom Maureen McHugh, and dad Jim McHugh.


Kendle & Jenny
Kendle Butterworth and, behind her, Jenny Horn of CASDA spoke on the “Student Leadership” program.

Club member Jim Butterworth introduced two staffers from CASDA (Capital Area School Development Association), where he is executive director. They were Kendle Butterworth, Jim’s daughter-in-law, and Jenny Horn, who work with an in-progress “Student Leadership”program.

Kendle opened the presentation with a quote from Carl Heyden, of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Youth Leadership 2006:

“If you think about it, youth leadership is the logical home for those orphaned strands of our educational enterprise that deal with character, service, civic engagement, and principled citizenship. It is the missing piece, the one subject that insists upon putting all else in a moral and ethical context.”

Three key elements are at the root of their program: (1.) Providing a place where each student can find a place to belong; student connectedness is directly related to dropout and graduation rates. (2.) Extracurricular and leadership programs have specifically decreased in low-income schools. (3.) They are crucial in low-income schools because extracurricular and leadership programs are the key to upward mobility for students.

CASDA has created and hosted three different workshop themes for students.

“Taking Care of the World and Giving Back to the Community” featured internationally-known author and speaker Jay Rifenbary. “Taking Care of Your Health and Well-Being” featured Paul Arceiro, a professor of health and eercise science. “Taking Care of Your Friends: How to Unmake a Bully” featured filmmaker Mike Feurstein who created the “How to unmake a Bully.”

CASDA plans to host a one-day Student Leadership Institute in October at the UAlbany East Campus in Rensselaer for students from such area schools as Rensselaer, Columbia, Maple Hill, and Averill Park. The schools will be asked to select students showing leadership potential. They are hoping to have Rifenbary make a return visit to be the keynote speaker, have team-building activities led by RPI leadership students, and offer STEM problem-solving skills workshops.

Jim Butterworth said CASDA is seeking support from the SRC Rotary Club because the core elements of CASDA are in keeping with a major Rotary interest.

If you missed this presentation and would like to see the PowerPoint version, go to our Program Presentation Archive.


WELCOME — Prior to the program presentation, President Terry Brewer welcomed the guests, and explained some of the community service efforts made by our club on local and global projects.

Screen shot 2016-06-13 at 12.57.33 PMCITIZENSHIP AWARDS — Family members and school staffers accompanied a trio of local high school seniors who received “SRC Rotary Citizenship Awards.” Checks for $1,000 each were presented by Terry Brewer and Debbie Rodriguez to Michaela Mueller of Maple Hill High School, who will study civil engineering at the University of Hartford in the fall; Jolene Bell of Rensselaer High School, who will study dance at the University of Utah; and, Matt McHugh of Columbia High School, son of club member Jim McHugh, who will study biology at Siena College. The students were recommended by their respective schools based on their academic, civic, and extracurricular records.

PRESIDENTIAL CHANGEOVER — The annual event, scheduled for Thursday, June 30, will be hosted by the Forth family. It will include some year-end awards. Murray said the menu will include an antipasto, pasta Alfredo, and beverages. Guests are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert suitable for serving 5 or 6 people. People with surnames A-H bring appetizers, K-Z bring desserts.

FOOD TRUCK EVENT — Charlie Foote informed attendees that an annual “Food truck Night” will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, and again on August 25 in the Village of Kinderhook. He said the event usually draws about 10-12 food trucks, and offers music, adult beverages, etc.

Screen shot 2016-06-03 at 11.18.38 AMDUES ARE DUE — Treasurer Murray Forth reminded everyone that the deadline for paying 2016-17 dues is June 30, the last day of our fiscal year. Dues are $175 annually (although there is a sliding scale for first- and second-year members). Dues may be paid in two equal installments no later than June 30 and December 31. Please make all checks payable to SRC Rotary Club.

NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Quigley’s. We will induct three more new Rotarians, bringing club size to 45. District Governor Milan Jackson and future DG (2017-18) Fred Daniels will be in attendance. Terry is urging all members to make a strong effort to attend in a show of support for all new members.


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